2020 Policy Tracker: Opportunity

Health Equity


Joe Biden

Joe Biden addresses health equity in “The Biden Plan to Protect and Build on the Affordable Care Act: How Biden’s Plan for Health Care Benefits Communities of Color”. His plan will:

  • “Double America’s investment in community health centers. Community health centers provide primary, prenatal, and other important care to underserved populations.”

  • “Achieve mental health parity” by “enforcing mental health parity laws.”

  • “Expand funding for mental health services.” 

  • “Offer premium-free access to a public option for individuals who would be eligible for Medicaid but their state has yet to expand.”

Additionally, In his “Build Back Better” plan, Biden will:

  • “Invest in a 21st century care infrastructure.” 

    • “Expand access to a broad array of long-term services and supports in local settings, including through closing the gaps in Medicaid for home- and community-based services and establishing a state innovation fund for creative, cost effective direct care services.” 

    • “Guarantee up to 12 weeks paid family and medical leave for all workers and up to seven days of paid sick, family, and safe leave.” 


Donald Trump

Donald Trump addresses health equity on his “Healthcare” issue page. He states he increased access by:

  • “The Department of Agriculture provided more than $1 billion in FY2017 to be used to improve access to health care services for 2.5 million people in rural communities.”

  • “The Trump administration expanded access to Association Health Plans (AHPs) allowing small business to pool risk across states.”

  • “The Trump Administration allows for Short-Term Limited Duration plans to be extended up to 12 months.”

  • “Approving the largest number of generic drugs in history.”